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Lauren’s Garden in Market Square Park

Posted: May 29, 2016 at 8:19 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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In Memoriam

Lauren’s Garden is located in the historic Market Square Park in downtown Houston. The address is 301 Milam St., Houston, Texas 77002.

Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas was just one of the many people killed on that infamous day of September 11, 2001, when America was under siege by a handful of terrorists.

Lauren loved the outdoors and nature. It seems very fitting that this lovely memorial fountain is surrounded by beautiful flowers and blooming shrubs.

It was by pure chance that she was on United Flight 93 when terrorists took over that airplane.  Lauren was initially scheduled to be on another flight but got to the airport early.

Lauren was married and 12 weeks pregnant.  It would have been their first child. She was 38 years old when her life and that of her baby ended.

Lauren’s Garden Sculpture

The brave 40 passengers on that flight fought with the terrorists and prevented that airplane from crashing into an intended target.  Instead, the plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. That site is also a memorial to the brave passengers aboard that United Airlines flight that day. Many of them were calling on their cell phones and advising of the “problems” on board.

Lauren's Garden large stones represent lives lost on United Flight 93

Lauren’s Garden large stones represent lives lost on United Flight 93

A foundation was set up in Lauren’s name, and part of the funds for the foundation comes from a book that she was writing.  It was posthumously published. The title of the book is You Can Do It!: The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls.

This meaningful fountain and surrounding landscaped grounds are a gift to the City of Houston from the Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Foundation.

Each of the components bears a special meaning.

  • The crash sites in New York, Washington, D.C. and that field in Pennsylvania are represented by the three granite walls of the fountain.
  • The 40 large stones in the fountain represent those who lost their lives on United Flight 93.
  • Deceased people from the collapse of the World Trade Center are represented by all of the 2,753 smaller pebbles lining the front of the fountain.
  • The 184 slightly larger pebbles represent those who died at the Pentagon.

There are a couple of twisted bronze sculptures.  Those sculptures are modeled after the long-lived bristlecone pine tree.

Lauren's Garden

Lauren’s Garden

Even though we lost many lives on that horrific day, those sculptures represent endurance and resilience in the face of adversity.

This tribute garden is a special place within this Houston city park.  It is a place for reflection as well as remembrance.

On a plaque adjacent to the fountain the last sentence reads as follows:

“Flowing water, stone, trees and flowers commemorate Lauren’s love of the outdoors, celebrating nature and the preciousness of life.”

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